McCarthy Section SW Popular Culture Assn CFP – February 2016

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  • 16 Oct 2015 at 10:15 pm #7743

    Rick Wallach
    Keymaster

    Call for Papers

    Cormac McCarthy

    Southwest Popular/American Culture Association
    37th Annual Conference
    10-13 February 2016
    Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Further conference details are available at http://southwestpca.org

    Proposal submission deadline: 1 November 2015

    The Area Chair of the Cormac McCarthy Area of the Southwest PCA/ACA conference is seeking paper proposals on any aspect of the work of Cormac McCarthy, including novels, plays, television and film scripts, and adaptations.

    Presentations should be 15 minutes long and should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question.

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    x McCarthy and the West
    x McCarthy and apocalypse
    x McCarthy and Hollywood
    x Issues in film adaptation
    x Neoliberal discourse and/in McCarthy
    x Southern gothic and its meaning now
    x Horror and McCarthy
    x McCarthy and nature / the environment

    Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words by November 01, 2015, through the submission database at http://conference2016.southwestpca.org.

    Please note that we now use a coordinated master database for submissions, and area chairs will no longer consider any proposals emailed directly to them.

    If you have any questions about the area and/or possible topics or approaches for the conference, please contact the Cormac McCarthy Area Chair, Dr. Katherine Sugg, at suggkae@ccsu.edu

    Graduate student participation is encouraged at the Southwest PCA. Please see http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/


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    19 Oct 2015 at 2:56 pm #7758

    Rick Wallach
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    I’m just going to keep on adding posts to this thread to keep it current and atop the list until the November 1 deadline. And I’ll add my two cents here: I’ll be presenting a paper on the lyrics of Cowboy Junkies in one of the music sections of the conference, entitled “The Songs of their Climate,” which also happens to be the title of my book on the band which is well underway.

    It’s that kind of conference – nicely devoid of the frequent stuffiness and sanctimony of many scholarly conferences, lots of oddball topics and a downtown full of great eateries and proximate to the world’s greatest chicken fried steak. More on that with my next post.


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    20 Oct 2015 at 7:15 am #7766

    Rick Wallach
    Keymaster

    The world’s greatest chicken fried steak, as noted above, is available at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue (the legendary Route 66 as it transits Albuquerque), a few blocks east of Interstate 25, roughly between downtown Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico. You have a choice of white or brown sauce (I usually go with the white). This chicken fried steak has a wonderful, crunchy, thickly gnarled crust, like burl, and the meat itself is tender – unlike the shoeleather filling that afflicts most chicken fried steaks. It comes with a hefty dollop of mashed potatoes. You can order fries or hashbrowns instead but any aficionado of this king of the comfort foods will tell you that fully half the frisson of eating this stuff is based on swiping it through the potatoes and gravy and shoveling it wholesale upon your overindulgent palate.

    Another thing: the Route 66 Diner also serves milkshakes handily to trump the legendary Five Dollar Shake at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. They occasionally have a chocolate cappuccino shake that will roll your eyes up in your head until you look like Judge Holden meditating by the campfire. Take a sip. I would bet you never had a sensation like that so far up your body.

    Two more excellent reasons to submit your proposals to the Cormac McCarthy section of the Southwest Popular and American Culture Society conference.

    Tragically, the 66 Diner doesn’t open till 11AM on weekdays. Happily, it does open for breakfast at 8AM on weekends, so don’t be shy about adding two over easy to your order. When you add the runny yolk to the gravy and potatoes….well….

    Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the regional specialty carne adovada and where to find the real stuff.


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    20 Oct 2015 at 10:40 am #7769

    Candy Minx
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    Thank you. Ive submitted something….but I had a hard time getting my head around 150-200 words….I have several works in progress….and thought I would submit them then realized I had to pick out basically three sentences!

    The food sounds great…I shall inform the Staggman.


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    20 Oct 2015 at 3:28 pm #7778

    Candy Minx
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    Stagg is waiting to hear if we actually go to this event. (First top secret….I haven’t told him it’s in New Mexico. Because we had a terrible night in New Mexico camping….so scary.) But he did say he is ready to pack a Llama costume for your presentation.


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    21 Oct 2015 at 11:26 am #7782

    Rick Wallach
    Keymaster

    Heh. Llama costume….

    Carne Adovada. It’s a pork chili stew, different from “straight” Tex-Mex in its use of herbal flavorings derived from Native American food, and the regional specialty of New Mexican cookery. It’s eaten at breakfast with eggs and tortillas, at lunch or dinner over rice, and though it usually has a kick to it, the roasted red ancho and pasilla chilies used in its preparation are not the killer peppers prized further south. The best adovada has a rich, mossy flavor beneath the heat which is attributable to dried sage in the recipe (the less congoscenti will achieve something remotely like this flavor using a combination of cumin and oregano, which is not bad but not delicious).

    Most places stew the pork directly in the chili sauce instead of the traditional approach, marinating it in adobo paste (pounded chillis with lime, lemon or orange juice) for a day or so before stewing. This step adds a lot of flavor and heft.

    For the real stuff done the real way, you can’t beat the original Garcia’s on the south side of Central Avenue just to the east of Old Town. It looks and feels like a truck stop and radiates an ethos of “don’t look in the kitchen,” but when you walk in ninety five percent of the patrons seem to be of Mexican or Native American extraction and you know your palate has come home. Garcia’s has branched out in recent years and there are a few other outposts around town now, but they look and feel new and lack the ramshackle earthiness of the original place. Go there.


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    21 Oct 2015 at 4:27 pm #7789

    Rick Wallach
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    Our next culinary discursus will involve the strawberry pancakes at Manny’s Cafe. More on that tomorrow.


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    22 Oct 2015 at 1:20 pm #7800

    Rick Wallach
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    Yes, we have come to the strawberry pancakes at Manny’s Restaurant on Central Avenue in the Knob Hill district, opposite the University of New Mexico. It’s seasonal but since I’ve had them every time I’ve been out there for the PCA conference – and Blackhiller, wherever he is, can verify this because he joined me in an orgy of this stuff – I should sing the praises of this dish. Its only pitfalls that I know of are hyperglycemia and a pronounced unwillingness to budge from your table for hours while you sit there enjoying the gentle yet passionate hug of spacetime and licking the residues from between your teeth. I recommend you only order yourself a stack after you’ve given your PCA presentation or at least eight hours before, including nap time.

    So: imagine big, frisbee-sized, impossibly fluffy, tasty pancakes (you can get granola pancakes dressed with berries too, dear Buddha) topped with a heap, and I do mean a heap, of freshly sliced, perfectly ripened, impossibly sweet strawberries in a an aggressively osmotic berry-juice glaze that must be laced with DMSO, so priketh hem natur in hir courages that the stuff seems to penetrate your palate before you even realize that you’ve shoveled a forkful into your mouth, cunningly deposited upon a hill of fresh whipped heavy cream or sour cream (your choice – my job is to shed light, not to master) and whatever of several syrups you want to add to the party.

    And the coffee is really excellent, too.

    Vegan? Otherwise neurotically aversive to the the flesh of those tough-luck creatures the Ancient Old Ones placed at our at our disposal aforetime and in those days as a joke? Come back later and we’ll talk about the Annapurna vegetarian’s utopia just up the hill.


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    23 Oct 2015 at 4:37 pm #7815

    ksugg
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    Well, now you’ve got my attention! (carne adovada is hard to come by where I live).

    And many thanks for the ongoing plugs for the SW Popular/American Culture Conference and the McCarthy Area panel. Very much looking forward to the conversation(s).

    And to all, we are still seeking proposals, so please send in your notions and projects!


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    24 Oct 2015 at 11:30 am #7821

    Rick Wallach
    Keymaster

    Yes, Katherine Sugg is still seeking proposals for the annual McCarthy session at the SW/PCA conference in Albuquerque this February. Once again, you can’t really have a better time at a conference – either walking in and out of the many fascinating (and fun) sessions – you can move from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to feminism in the era of late capitalism, choose from a dozen or so Grateful Dead sessions, then check out a reading of Wallace Stevens – without that Vlad’s Favorite Hobby stuffiness that pervades, say, MLA national sessions). Katherine came along a bit late this year to pick up the chairless session so we’re racing against the Monday-after-next deadline, but I can’t recommend this venue strongly enough.

    (Sorry if I hector. Our local public radio station has just completed its fundraising week for this quarter and you know what local public radio station fundraising weeks are like – by the time they get back to trenchant social and political commentary, modern jazz, minority language programming, interviews with artists and scientists and the like, you’ve been infected with that special brand of become-a-hero solicitation to which they’ve subjected you for seven torturous days. But this conference is a premier antenna-touching event of the season. Go for it.)


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